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Stay up to date with the latest cases, legislative developments, legal news and policy materials with Alert24 from Thomson Reuters (Professional) Australia Limited. Access to and use of Alert24 is conditional on your acceptance and compliance with the Alert24 terms of use. © 2009 Thomson Reuters (Professional) Australia Limited or its licensors and © 2009 AAP or its licensors.

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    WFD: The Communication Electrical and Plumbing Union (CEPU) has emerged the victor in the long-running and often fiery demarcation dispute with the Transport Workers Union (TWU) over Australian Post coverage in NSW ( WF17845 ) . On November 18, Unions NSW issued a statement declaring the CEPU as "the appropriate union for Aust Post employees in NSW...

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    WFD: Fair Work Australia will accept submissions on its modern award review until March 8, 2012. A draft application form can be downloaded from the FWA website. (Award Modernisation [2011], FWA7975 , 17/11/11)

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    WFD: Griffin Coal maintenance workers in Western Australia voted this week (November 24) on whether to take protected action in support of pay claims. The Australian Manufacturing Workers Union (AMWU) says the mine's 80 maintenance employees have not had a pay increase since the mine went into administration three years ago. In talks with new mine ...

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    WFD: The Victorian Hospitals Industrial Association (VHIA) this week (November 23) lodged an appeal against last Friday's s418 order against the state's nurses (WF18005) , saying it didn't stop them taking different protected action from that covered in the order. VHIA CEO Alec Djoneff told Workforce Daily conciliation with the Australian Nursing F...

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    WFD: The Australian International Pilots Association (AIPA) this week called for a full judicial inquiry into the Qantas grounding last month amid claims couriers had been booked in advance to deliver staff lock-out notices. The claims were aired on ABC's Lateline program on Monday night (November 21) with couriers claiming they had been engaged in...

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    United Voice Vic branch secretary Jess Walsh has warned oil and fuel facilities in Melbourne's outer suburbs could be susceptible to terrorist attacks if guards go on strike over a new deal to up their "poverty level" wages. More than 90% of the 15-strong MSS guard workforce protecting Mobil's Altona oil refinery and Yarraville fuel terminal have v...

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  • 11/24/11--22:10: Mexico Embassy cleared
  • The Sydney receptionist for the Embassy of Mexico has lost an unfair dismissal claim as she had been on a fixed-term contract which expired, Fair Work Australia has ruled. The embassy employed Veronica Sanchez Gibbs under three different contracts from February 2009 to the end of 2010. In early December 2010, it told Sanchez Gibbs it would not rene...

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    Commonwealth public sector bargaining appears to be winding up with several departments reaching resolution on long-running impasses but there are still some notable agencies struggling to reach a deal. For the first time since August, the Department of Defence resumed negotiations with bargaining reps on Wednesday (Nov 23), but a resolution does n...

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    WFD: Firefighters will be guaranteed Commonwealth-funded workers' compensation if they develop certain types of cancer, under a Bill Federal Parliament passed yesterday (November 24). Less than five months after introducing the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Amendment (Fair Protection for Firefighters) Bill 2011 , Greens MP Adam Bandt said...

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    WFD: On Monday (November 21), Victorian nurses lost a Federal Court bid to stay Fair Work Australia's 90-day suspension order (WF18005) pending an appeal of that decision. Justice Peter Gray dismissed the Australian Nursing Federation application for a temporary stay, but said its application for a judicial review of the FWA November 16 decision sh...

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    WFD: Striking Bowen Basin coal miners will return to the negotiation table on Monday and Tuesday (November 28 and 29), with no sign of agreement on their job security and roster demands. Construction Forestry Mining Energy Union mining and energy Queensland district president Stephen Smyth told Workforce Daily the BHP Billton-Mitsubishi Alliance (B...

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    At press time, the Victorian Hospitals Industrial Association (VHIA) was still considering an offer by nurses to stop unprotected industrial action in exchange for compromise arbitration. VHIA CEO Alec Djoneff was in a Fair Work Australia appeal hearing at press time (see VHIA lodges appeal to firm up s418 stop industrial action order, below) and i...

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    WFD: Qantas CEO Alan Joyce pulled out of giving evidence at a Senate inquiry yesterday (November 24). A spokesperson for Rural Affairs and Transport Legislation Senate Committee chair Senator Glen Sterle told Workforce Joyce and Jetstar CEO Bruce Buchanan had advised neither could attend the hearing due to "prior engagements". Joyce has indicated h...

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    WFD: The Transport Workers Union has confirmed it will not mount a Federal Court challenge to Fair Work Australia's decision to ban industrial action against Qantas. A TWU spokesperson said the union would instead support the Australian and International Pilots' Association (AIPA) Federal Court appeal ( WF17995 ) . The TWU confirmed it briefly appe...

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    The Australian Education Union (AEU) has welcomed today's Federal Government decision to realign, and cut funding for, its teacher performance bonus scheme. The scheme's funding will be slashed by more than $225m over four years with bonuses to be aligned to new national teaching standards. Under the new arrangements the govt will pay $7,500 to 'hi...

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    WFD: The ACTU has vowed to take its fight against "a new wave of employer militancy" to the ALP national conference next weekend to push for Fair Work Act changes strengthening workers' ability to negotiate for secure jobs and access arbitration. A meeting of the ACTU Executive in Melbourne this week (November 22) condemned what it called the "anta...

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  • 11/24/11--22:10: 2nd ballot no GFB breach
  • WFD: A mining company did not breach good faith bargaining (GFB) requirements by holding a second ballot of employees less than a month after the first ballot came back tied, Fair Work Australia has ruled. Iluka Resources Limited had been bargaining with its workforce for an enterprise agreement (EA) since May 2011. In mid-October it put a proposed...

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  • 11/24/11--22:10: Diary
  • ALP National Conference: December 2-4, Darling Harbour, Sydney. See website . IR Society of NSW Christmas drinks and farewell to Cmr Connor and DP Grayson: Tonight, The Occidental, York St Sydney. See website . Seminar: Slipping on thin ice: How to manage grievances and complaints and carrying out effective workplace investigations: Nov 28, DLA Pip...

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    The Australian Industry Group has criticised a Federal Government plan to establish a new Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal. In a November 22 statement, AiG chief executive Heather Ridout said the plan appeared based on the "flawed logic" that paying drivers differently and at higher rates of pay would lead to improved safety. Ridout said the govt'...

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  • 11/24/11--22:10: Editorial team
  • Editor: Rajiv Maharaj, (03) 9208 4559, rajiv.maharaj@thomsonreuters.com . Chief Journalist: Kate Corbett. Journalists: Steven Andrew. Managing Editor: Peter Schwab. Product code: 31402178015.

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